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The Blue Bell

Open Now: 11:00 - 23:00
Open today: 11:00 - 23:00
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What a find :-)

Walked in and made to feel very welcome. Good selection of drinks. Fabulous pub rules to make for a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
A great, real pub

What a discovery! Tiny - essentially just 2 rooms and it gets crowded but people chat to each other... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David N
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“proper pub”(26 reviews)
“real ale”(23 reviews)
“smallest pub”(17 reviews)
The Blue Bell is York's only Grade II* Listed Edwardian Public House. The first pint was pulled in 1798 and it's interior has remained untouched since 1903, allowing you to step back in time and experience a piece of living history first hand...more
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As featured in York - A Timeless City
53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
+44 1904 654904
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked in and made to feel very welcome. Good selection of drinks. Fabulous pub rules to make for a very good and social atmosphere. Small and perfectly formed!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mollydorset34
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a discovery! Tiny - essentially just 2 rooms and it gets crowded but people chat to each other and it has a great atmosphere. The Ales are excellent too, particularly the IPA. Can't wait to go back.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David N
Reviewed 5 days ago

Tiny pub in the town centre, packed full of character. Real fire, oh so friendly bar staff, proper beer. Really good selection. No problem with tasting before you buy. No mobile phone conversations allowed! Bliss! Real people actually having real conversations drinking real beer. Like...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Karen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub is tiny a traditional 'front room' pub. Visited on a Sunday night and managed to find seat. Good choice of beer and friendly staff

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sunholstan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I stopped in on our way back to our hotel after a recommendation from a local and i'm so glad we did. John (the landlord/owner) is the life and soul of this place and welcomed us with a smile and a few...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank L0vet0travel33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in here for a drink to recover from the shock of the Harry Potter Shambles. So glad I did. It is a lovely pub with great chat. I ended up spending much longer than I planned.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carole R
Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

Popped in here for a drink. It was freezing outside so the open coal fire was most welcoming. Good selection of drinks and great atmosphere. Very quirky and great history. Would definitely visit here again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rachwilli
Reviewed 6 January 2019

My last review of this exceptional little pub (September 2018) expressed justified alarm that devoted and committed landlord, John Pybus, was about to be evicted to meet the business requirements of its insensitive and grasping PubCo owners. Well - what a triumph. Following adverse publicity...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 January 2019

At 7.30pm on New Year's Eve, six of us went to the Blue Bell for pre-dinner drinks. We are three couples in our late 60's. The ladies sat down in the back room and I ordered and served their G & Ts first. I then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lesedington
Blue B, Owner at The Blue Bell, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your drinks here on New Year's Eve. We do have a strict 'No Groups' policy which is incredibly well sign posted throughout the pub and I'm sorry you chose to ignore them. The pub is small and it is difficult...More

Reviewed 23 December 2018

A traditional, no fussing and no frills pub with an amazing atmosphere, some great ales and now they have their own house IPA. That stuff is like drinking pop, and possibly one of the nicest IPAs I've ever had. I can see why they are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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19 February 2018|
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Response from 686chrise | Reviewed this property |
no tv's in the pub at all plus , as it's two very small bars , they don't allow groups in - there is a sports bar on the corner across the road
9 February 2015|
Response from BlueBellYork | Property representative |
Hi there I think you may have mistakenly asked a question of the Blue Bell, York, that you meant to post elsewhere. Have a great trip! Becca